The Nest Collective presents…
Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales: LIVE
With special guest artists Donal Kierney & Kadialy Kouyate
This Spring, the Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist and naturalist Sam Lee is bringing the celebrated Singing With Nightingales starlit events indoors. Live broadcasting the irrepressible nocturnal courtship song of nightingales, this series of unique concerts introduces human-bird duets in a new theatrical experience.
Presented by worldwide roots music promoter, The Nest Collective, these groundbreaking concerts weave a narrative of song and story concerning the nightingale's role in folklore, landscape and migration, overshadowed by their current alarming decline. Hear their song and its powerful effect while you still can.
"The strangest and most wonderful concert" - The Observer
“Absolutely gorgeous…” - BBC Radio 4
With musicians in his family for generations, Dónal grew up singing in English and Irish. To pass the time on long car journeys, he and his brothers would work out 4-part harmonies in the backseat. After studying Law, Dónal's career started off as an international human rights researcher, and he went on to work at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, representing the Special
Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders at the Human Rights Council (2014). For the past few years, Dónal has performed and recorded in a variety of genres. As a collaborative artist, he loves making music with various people as a songwriter or vocalist. He has lent his voice to acts like Liam Ó'Maonlaí, Jimmy McCarthy and Mercury Award®-nominee Sam Lee. He also recorded and toured with Dublin-based Nova Collective, led by pianist Louis Ryan. His various musical outlets include travelling music production Tourist Walk, Irish-American group Bosca, folk/soul band TRÚ and original collaborative project, weavers.
Kadialy is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles. Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.
“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing
instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.
Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries’; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk of the last
decade. Sam’s debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’ was conceived after winning the prestigious Arts Foundation Prize in 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. His second album, ‘The Fade in Time’ (2015) has been equally feted. At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song ‘Lovely Molly’. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Sam and his band of Friends were also invited to perform the song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’.
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